Ben Delicious reports from London: If you are an unelected coalition government, like we have the one in Britain, and you need to convince your people that the economy is doing great, all thanks to your wise policies of course, then there’s nothing to it really. As long as certain groups of people are in the game.
First come the statististians, who need to provide regular stats that will prove that there’s an economic boom, of sorts, going on. No one can check these figures anyway, so you just put them out on a regular basis and insist that the Gross Domestic Product is growing, even when it’s not, that the inflation is staying low, even though it’s high, and that unemployment is falling, even though it’s staying put. Economic stats seem to work wonders on people and they would rather trust official data than what they see and hear around them. And considering that the Office of National Statistics in Britain is financed by Big Brother, there shouldn’t really be any problems with the flow of rosy economic stats. Not to mention that the ‘independent’ Bank of England is run by people who know what the government wants from them and keep that rate of inflation low. On paper that is.
Then comes the mainstream media, which has to pick up all those dodgy economic stats and bang on about them as if they make sense. Not a problem really because modern mainstream media acts as a branch of government, so expect hacks and all sorts of business commentators to tell everyone about the economy growing. Especially as most of them have absolutely no idea how things work in the real world and will say and write the most outrageous things with flair and conviction.
Then come the markets that supposedly act as a ‘barometer’ of the economy, even though they have nothing to do with it and produce absolutely nothing. These markets are active, simply because banks don’t lend to anyone and use the money given to them by the government to gamble and speculate. As a result, the markets are demonstrating confidence in the future, knowing that more taxpayers funds will be released to them soon.
Retail trade is a great helper in supporting the myth of the economic recovery as well, with Chinese made junk sold to foreign tourists, creating an impression of a feel-good factor. And if you imagine that visa restrictions have been eased for 100 of 1000s of Chine tourists, who flood your capital and buy up loads of stuff, then the supposed recovery has a bit more cred to it, especially when the media runs a campaign of convincing everyone that ‘millions of people have spent billions’ on all sorts of goods. Which they didn’t, of course.
Did I mention blatant lying on the part of politicians to create a myth of the economic recovery? I didn’t? Well, throw this in as well, as it’s an important part of the whole process. The lying has to be ruthless and opportunist, calling black white and white black, with no hesitation. Otherwise people might get ideas and start asking awkward questions.
And the box needs to carry all sorts of stupid shows and programmes, to make the masses even more stupid. So that they would buy any crap they’re told.
Finally, trust the London Mayor to stage a spectacular New Year firework display costing many millions, to create an impression that things are going so well that money is not an issue.